Sterling Hill Super DIG! It's Just SOOO Flourescent

From the Sterling Hill Mining Museum Site


The SUPER DIG is a once a year event at the mine!

What can visitors experience?
Take a Tour of the Mine.

Take a Private Tour of the newly opened historic Trotter Tunnel. Tours given by Iron Miners members.

For this event ONLY, take a Tour of the Upper Mine and Mill where you will receive a “Last day of operation” ore specimen right off the conveyor belt (certificate included).

The ever-popular Blackout Tour of the Mine “Tunnel of Love” (safety glasses required).

See the nighttime illumination of the famous “Fluorescent Wall” in the Fill Quarry.

And, collect minerals in all 3 collection areas on the property.


Wait until you see the "glowing wall" after dark!

 

Event Guidelines:

Standard American Federation of Mineralogical Societies safety rules apply.

Safety goggles must be worn.

Durable footwear is mandatory (no sneakers or sandals).

Work gloves are strongly recommended.

Safety glasses, Estwing hammers and UV lights are available in the museum shop.

Amenities Provided

Darkroom for inspecting your fluorescent minerals.

Electricity (in darkroom).

Off-road parking area.

Restroom facilities.

 

For This Event ONLY: 
Please note the age requirement at each site.

5 to 12 year olds can dig in the "Mine Run Dump" with an adult. 
12 years and older can dig in the pits (preferably with an adult).

Child Watch is for Super Dig Participants with young children.

http://www.sterlinghill.org/superdig/childwatch.php

 

Event Registration:

SuperDig is a closed event for club members only.

Proof of insurance is necessary

Event fee .............................................. $20 per person
Collecting fee ...................................... $1.50 per pound
Membership Fee for Insurance**.... $20 per person, if you need it.

More Insurance Information is available at the Sterling Hill Super Dig Website http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/superdig/insurance.php

 

Super Dig Schedule of Events

Time & Event Description

7:00 am

Gates Open

Everyone remains in the parking lot, check-in area until 9am. Snack bar, Museum Shop, etc. will be open.

8:00 am

Early Birds

Those who pre-registered AND have their club ID or proof of insurance: can check in, sign papers, get wrist band, maps, etc.

9:00 am

SUPER DIG begins. Don’t get trampled going into the pits!

10:00 am

New Glowhound orientation.

Meet across from the Registration Area, by the walkway up to the museum.

11:00 am Sharp!

Official Tour of the Lower Mine and Museums.

Tour given by Sterling Hill Staff.

You MUST have a ticket. Go to the counter in the Museum Shop and show your wristband to get your Ticket! 
(Do this BEFORE 11 a.m.!)

Meet with tour leader in Main Building, by the eating area.

Note: ONE TOUR per person ñ at either 11am OR 1pm.

11:00 am Sharp!

Guided tour of the newly opened Trotter Tunnel.

You MUST have a hard-hat, strong flashlight and safety goggles to participate.

Meet with tour leader in front of registration tent.

A very limited number of hard hats will be available for loan for the tour.

1:00 pm Sharp!

Official Tour of the Lower Mine and Museums.

Tour given by Sterling Hill Staff.

You MUST have a ticket. Go to the counter in the Museum Shop and show your wristband to get your Ticket! 
(Do this BEFORE 1 p.m.!)

Meet with tour leader in Main Building, by the eating area.

Note: ONE TOUR per person ñ at either 11am OR 1pm.

1:00 pm Sharp!

Guided tour of the newly opened Trotter Tunnel.

You MUST have a hard-hat, strong flashlight and safety goggles to participate.

Meet with tour leader in front of registration tent.

A very limited number of hard hats will be available for loan for the tour.

1:15 pm

Upper Mine and Mill Tour

Get your “Last Day Of Mine Operation” Specimen. 

(See photo on our web page!)

Meet across from the Registration Area, near the walk up to the Museum.

Note: you may attend both Upper Mine tours, but only ONE specimen per person.

3:15 pm

Upper Mine and Mill Tour

Get your “Last Day Of Mine Operation” Specimen.

Meet across from the Registration Area, near the walk up to the Museum.

4:45 pm

Evening Meeting

UV Lamp give away and more. MUST ATTEND TO WIN.
Meet across from the Registration Area (see instructions for 10am orientation, above).

6:30 pm

World Famous Black-Out Tour of Mine!

Must bring UV Safety Glasses. Bring Your own Lamp! 
Meet across from Registration Area (the usual place!).

(See our website for photos from last year’s tour).

8:30 pm

Illumination of “The Fluorescent Wall” out in the pit area!!

We have to wait for the sun to go to sleep, so the UV floodlights can light up the gigantic mineral wall of colors. Also, night digging begins using your own UV lamps.

11:00 pm

Super Dig concludes.

All GlowHounds MUST leave Pit Area. Checkout will continue until everyone is checked out.

Drive carefully and have a safe trip home, and don’t get a flat tire from all the rocks in the trunk.

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  • Kel T.

    Had a great time at Sterling Hills. Found some nice specimens of Franklinite,Willemite , Calcite and Zincite. Will post pictures as soon as I can get through them all!

    April 27

    • Lisa

      Awsome Kel, glad you had a great time. Can't wait to see your finds.

      April 27

  • Jill Perzley C.

    Folks,
    Prep for property and house sale has left my hands and fingers so swollen that I can't even hold a hammer at this point. I am sorry, but have to bail to get things back under control. Easiest way to do that is to find the right family to buy my home. Anybody looking for a house? I can even leave a whole lot of nicely boxed rocks in the basement as a bonus.

    April 22

  • Kel T.

    Any recommendations for purchasing a reasonably priced portable uv light for the Sterling hill trip?

    April 5

    • Tom W.

      Well you can contact Patrick Bigos who usually go to these, or you can order one online at www.uvtools.com or look on ebay.

      April 5

  • Lisa

    Don't think we're gonna make this one. Maybe next year. If anyone would like to donate a specimen I'm willing to take it off your hands :) Anyhoo I fixed this page so everyone can see the awsome wall...WOW!

    March 31

  • Kel T.

    Jill Looks like I"ll be going after all. I convinced my wife to come along as well.

    March 29

  • Jill Perzley C.

    Folks, Don't wait to register for the Super DIG. http://www.sterlinghill.org/superdig/index.php FOr those not already members of the Sterling Hills Mining Museum, please print out the membership form http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/involved/membership.php and mail in signed form with membership fee. Additionally, make your hotel reservations early. THings book up.

    March 18

  • Kel T.

    same date as mt Apatite trip. Would like to go here some other time though

    February 27

  • Tom W.

    Hate to say it, but I think I'm gonna pass on this one. Once was enough. Awesome fluorescent minerals, but man was it expensive.

    February 26

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